Exploring literature reveals stunning words woven together to create a rich tapestry. I am always awed when a writer can use words to paint a striking image:

LORD OF THE RINGS
J. R. R. Tolkien

The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds, sickly white and gray, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about. High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire-blasted and poison-stained, stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows, slowly revealed in a reluctant light.

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